This is more of a practical question. I work in a high volume restaurant that requires me to wear a suit and polished shoes everyday. Does anyone have any recommendations for a brand of comfortable, yet refined work shoes that I can wear without my feet killing me by the end of a 400-cover dinner service? This question is more geared to men who are working/have worked on the floor as sommeliers, but I'm willing to take advice from anyone!
I love my Allen Edmonds. They break in after a few rough shifts (plan accordingly). Fit is key so make sure to visit a store to make sure get the proper size.
Getting a well fitted insert saved my life. It can make even a bad shoe fit well.
Came here to leave this comment. They do need time to break in but once they do they’re gorgeous and comfy. There’s definitely cheaper options though. Also not a great option if you need to walk through water regularly, like if your kitchen rinses floors with water buckets at end of service. Those fancy leather soles will get messed up.
Cole Haan. The sole in their shoes is a sneaker sole and it feels wonderful. No breaking in needed, just awesome all around.
There was some advice on this a few years ago too (https://www.guildsomm.com/4cb697f52c/discussion_forums/f/general-discussion/6826/most-comfortable-dress-shoe-to-wear-on-the-floor/33700#33700). I had good luck with Rockports which were very affordable, had good cushion and support, and have lasted a long time.
I second Cole Haan. I have the OriginalGrand and ZeroGrand in multiple style colors. They last for years, feels like you're wearing sneakers but look like dress shoes. They can be a little pricey, but well worth the investment.
I've had good luck with Eccos especially when you add in another gel insert. I generally get about a year out of them. They look good, are comfy, and are usually around $100 a pair....
I'd highly recommend investing in a pair of Currex insoles. Super high quality and durable. Can't beat their versatility and cost efficiency compared to the alternatives.
Red Wings Chukkas. Super comfy, slip resistant, and you can get them rebuilt. Not as stylish as Allen Edmonds (I have both), but better for in's and outs of kitchens and stand up better.
Shoes for Crews has some good dress shoes that are also slip resistant. I don't like to go skating through the kitchen even if the floor is just a little bit wet. I have had them last for quite a few years as well.
I swear by Shoes for Crews "Senator" line. They take about a week to break in, but they have provided comfort and confidence to my work wardrobe for years. www.shoesforcrews.com/.../index.cfm
Clarks make some damn fine dress shoes in black and Tan (i have a pair of both). The leather is solid and don't require those painful 2 weeks of being broken in.Macy's usually has them on sale too, but i'd gladly pay full price.The Shoes for crew Senator line is solid but they honestly look a bit clonky with a suit.
Agreed! I have mine recrafted about once every 1.5 years.
I've been rocking Bostonians for a few years. They are super lightweight, which is my main reason for buying them, they come in different styles, and they're affordable at under $80.